Print out bits of ma­chin­ery

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY - By ERICA VAN REE­NEN

We’ve all had to take time out of a busy day to pick up small bits and pieces to get an es­sen­tial piece of ma­chin­ery work­ing.

But what if we could just pro­duce th­ese items our­selves – at home, at the click of a but­ton?

You may have heard of 3- D print­ing, but do you re­alise how close to re­al­ity it is for or­di­nary peo­ple like you and me?

Not long ago, doc­u­ments had to go by mail. Now they go by email, and we think noth­ing of print­ing at­tached doc­u­ments our­selves.

Now, we can

do some­thing sim­i­lar with 3-D print­ing. Also known as dig­i­tal fab­ri­ca­tion, this tech­nol­ogy holds huge po­ten­tial for farm­ers.

It’s a work­shop that fits on your desk­top and early ver­sions are avail­able in New Zealand at the cost of around $1500-$2000 for a good ready-to-as­sem­ble kit.

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